As you all know, London Array is the largest offshore wind farm in the world. A prestigious moment in history has now come unto the wind farm with the first phase of the project starting to produce electricity for the first time. The project, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, has been constructed in two phases.
Under this project, around 175 turbines are to be installed 12 miles off the coast of Kent and Essex with a capacity of 630 megawatts. The project can sufficiently supply power to more than 470,000 homes.
Among them, 151 turbines have been installed so far. While the 151 turbines have started generating electricity, the remaining 24 will power up by the end of the year.
After the completion of the second phase, the power capacity will be increased to 870MW. The first phase is expected to cover a large area and it is feared that the project may badly affect the bird life. The second phase is waiting to get approved.
Once the London Array project is fully operational, it can reduce the harmful CO2 emissions by 1.4 million tons a year. It is expected to make a big difference to the environment, and at the same time, will become a reliable electricity supply option for south east England.
Britain plans to build around 30 gigawatts of wind capacity at sea by 2020. If they can utilize the high wind speeds for electricity generation, they can easily meet emissions reduction targets of the government.